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F1: Chequered Flag

F1: Chequered Flag

By BBC Radio 5 Live

Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 Live presents a round-up of the race weekend.


Japanese Grand Prix review

Rosanna and the team look back at the race in Japan which saw Red Bull claim the constructors' title. We hear from race winner Max Verstappen and his boss Christian Horner. And with McLaren finishing second and third, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri are also on the pod.
24/09/23·37m 32s

Japanese Grand Prix qualifying review

Rosanna and the team look back at qualifying from Suzuka. They hear from Max Verstappen who starts the race from pole, as well as the two McLaren drivers who start from second and third. And they hear from Lewis Hamilton who had a few things to stay about the design of his car.
23/09/23·28m 14s

Japanese Grand Prix preview

Sam Bird and Harry Benjamin join Rosanna to look ahead to the race on Sunday. They hear from Carlos Sainz who won last time out, as well as from Max Verstappen and George Russell. The team also pick who they want to fill the remaining seats for the grid in 2024.
21/09/23·35m 6s

Singapore Grand Prix review

Rosanna and the team pick through the bones of an exhilarating race in Singapore. We hear from race winner Carlos Sainz, who ended Max Verstappen’s run of race wins. We also hear from Verstappen himself about what went wrong this weekend.
17/09/23·35m 55s

Singapore Grand Prix qualifying review

Rosanna and the team look back at an extraordinary qualifying session in Singapore. They hear from Max Verstappen, who could only manage 11th after he and his teammate Sergio Perez struggled in their respective cars. We also hear from Carlos Sainz who put it on pole, and George Russell who lines up third in Sunday’s race.
16/09/23·41m 53s

Singapore Grand Prix preview

Scott Mitchell-Malm and Ben Hunt join Rosanna to look ahead to the weekend’s action. They discuss whether Verstappen’s unbeaten run is good or bad for the sport, and hear from the driver himself. We also hear from Charles Leclerc after the two Ferraris were allowed to race wheel-to-wheel in Monza. And they reflect on Toto Wolff’s comments regarding Verstappen’s record ten wins in a row.
14/09/23·29m 43s

Italian Grand Prix review

Rosanna Tennant and the team reflect on a thrilling Italian GP. We hear from Max Verstappen following his record-breaking tenth consecutive victory, and discuss Ferrari’s on-track battles at Monza.
03/09/23·37m 23s

Italian Grand Prix qualifying review

Rosanna Tennant, Jolyon Palmer and Harry Benjamin reflect on qualifying at the Italian GP. Carlos Sainz took a surprise pole position on Ferrari home soil. We hear from Sainz, as well as from Scuderia teammate Charles Leclerc, and championship leader Max Verstappen.
02/09/23·28m 23s

Italian Grand Prix preview

Rosanna Tennant, Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson look ahead to the Italian GP. They delve into Lewis Hamilton and George Russell’s contract extensions at Mercedes, discuss Max Verstappen’s record-breaking form, plus hear in-depth from Charles Leclerc about his difficult season and his love for Ferrari.
31/08/23·31m 1s

Austrian Grand Prix review

Andrew Benson and Jack Aitken join Harry Benjamin look back at the action from the Red Bull Ring. They hear from the top three and ask whether Max Versatappen can actually win every remaining race this season.
02/07/23·29m 19s

Austrian Grand Prix Sprint review

Harry Benjamin is joined by Jack Aitken and Andrew Benson to review the day’s action. They hear from Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez after the pair had an altercation on the first lap. And they also reflect on the news that Dutch racing driver Dilano van 't Hoff died after a crash at Spa in the Formula Regional European Championship.
01/07/23·25m 3s

Introducing Sport's Strangest Crimes: Spygate

All episodes of Spygate available right now on BBC Sounds. In 2007 an improbable, low-fi crime nearly brought the high octane world of Formula One to its knees. Narrated by Pete Tong, Spygate draws in some of the most powerful men in the sports history and pits iconic teams McLaren and Ferrari against each other, all set against the backdrop of Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking debut and his ferocious rivalry with Fernando Alonso. Buckle up - this season is one hell of a ride.
17/11/22·36m 26s

United States Grand Prix review

Jennie and the team look back at qualifying from Austin. They hear from the top three and discuss how they see Sunday’s race unfolding.
23/10/22·23m 41s

Charles Leclerc Special

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc sits down with Andrew Benson to chat about the first half of the season. They discuss missed opportunities, racing against Max Verstappen and playing golf.
03/08/22·27m 49s

George Russell Special

In an F1: Chequered Flag special, BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson speaks to Mercedes driver George Russell about his first season with the Silver Arrows, racing against Lewis Hamilton and memes.
29/07/22·44m 6s

British Grand Prix qualifying review

Jennie and the team look back at qualifying from Silverstone. They hear from the top three as well as the three British drivers.
02/07/22·26m 32s

Christmas at Palmer’s: 2021 season review

Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer hosts a Christmas party for the 5 Live Formula 1 team team. Despite a few no-shows, his guests include Jack Nicholls, Jennie Gow, Steve Crossman, Andrew Benson and Radio 1’s Christian Hewgill. They reminisce about the 2021 season and explain why it will go down as the greatest in the sport’s history. They also hear from new world champion Max Verstappen.
24/12/21·54m 31s

Russian Grand Prix Review

Jennie and the team look back at the Russian Grand Prix. They hear from race winner Lewis Hamilton who registered his 100th win in the sport. And Lando Norris talks about the decision that cost him his first race win.
26/09/21·40m 29s

Monaco Qualifying Review

Jennie and team look back at qualifying from Monaco. They hear from polesitter Charles Leclerc as well as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
22/05/21·23m 46s

Top 10 moments of 2020

Jennie and the 5 Live F1 team count down their top 10 moments of 2020. From Lewis Hamilton’s record-equalling 7th world title to Romain Grosjean’s dramatic crash in Bahrain, they discuss each moment and why it made it on the list. We relive some of those thrilling moments and hear from those involved.
24/12/20·56m 35s

Rise of the Silver Arrows

Jack Nicholls and the team chart Mercedes' dominance of the sport. We hear from boss Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton.
11/11/20·49m 23s

What coronavirus means for the F1 season

Jennie Gow is joined by Jack Nicholls, Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson to discuss what’s been a busy week of announcements regarding the future of Formula One. We hear which races have been postponed or cancelled and how the teams are planning to help the NHS. Plus, the team reflect on the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix weekend just hours before it was scheduled to start.
20/03/20·27m 38s

The Big F1 Quiz of the Year

Steve Rider hosts a special end of year quiz as the 5 Live F1 team battle it out to show who has the best knowledge of the 2019 Formula 1 Season.
24/12/19·1h 8m

Jenson Button: A ten year anniversary special

Ten years ago today, Jenson Button was crowned the Formula 1 world champion. In this special episode he sits down with Victoria Turner to reminisce about that fairy-tale season in 2009 and the many highs and some lows that came with it.
18/10/19·24m 21s

Italian Grand Prix Qualifying Review

Claire and the team reflect on a farcical end to qualifying at Monza where only two drivers managed to start their final lap. It was Charles Leclerc that took pole, from Lewis Hamilton in second. We hear from both drivers.
07/09/19·18m 50s

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Review

Jennie Gow, Jack Nicholls and former Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer discuss a thrilling final race of the season in the desert as Lewis Hamilton wrapped a championship winning season in style with victory in Abu Dhabi.
25/11/18·23m 29s

Fernando Alonso Special

We sit down with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso who reflects on his career and explains why he is leaving the sport. Former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer and the BBC's chief F1 sports writer Andrew Benson also look Alonso's legacy and discuss what the future holds for the Spaniard.
31/08/18·25m 12s

Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Lewis Hamilton signs off the first half of the F1 season with a win in Hungary and now holds a 24 point lead over title rival Sebastian Vettel. Jennie Gow, Jolyon Palmer and Jack Nicholls discuss.
29/07/18·23m 4s

Grid Girls

As the popularity, participation and coverage of women’s sport continue to grow – Jennie Gow investigates whether the use of grid girls is a sexist, outdated relic in 2017. Hear the thoughts of the models themselves alongside F1 drivers, team and circuit bosses. Plus find out how the issue is being considered in boxing, cycling and darts.
14/12/17·53m 19s

P1: Lewis, Mercedes and the art of qualifying

Jennie Gow presents a Formula One special looking at why Lewis Hamilton has recorded more pole positions than any other driver. Hear from Hamilton himself, his former team-mate Jenson Button, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Allan McNish on what sets Hamilton apart on a single lap shoot-out.
12/10/17·53m 25s

Monaco Grand Prix Review

The 5 live F1 team look back at the Monaco Grand Prix which was won by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
28/05/17·23m 10s

Bottas joins the Spanish Grand Prix Preview

Fresh from winning the Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas joins our podcast looking ahead to the Spanish Grand Prix. We ask him; can he beat Hamilton again?
10/05/17·26m 16s

Australian Grand Prix Review

Jack Nicholls and the 5 live F1 team review the opening race of the 2017 season which saw Sebastian Vettel take victory in Australia.
27/03/17·24m 1s

F1 is back: New cars, drivers, regulations and owners

The 5 live Formula 1 team bring you up to speed with the latest F1 news and interviews. Plus a preview of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
21/03/17·53m 41s

Season Preview with Toto Wolff

Jennie Gow is joined by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, deputy team principal of Williams Claire Williams, Mark Gallagher and Andrew Benson to look ahead to the 2017 Formula One season.
16/02/17·53m 13s

Abu Dhabi GP Preview

The 5 live F1 team look ahead to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the season comes to a climax. Will Rosberg or Hamilton win the World Championship? Long Synopsis
24/11/16·50m 48s

Brazilian GP Preview

The 5 live Formula One team look ahead to what could be a pivotal Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
10/11/16·47m 55s

American Grand Prix Preview

Tom Clarkson and the team are in Austin to preview the American Grand Prix - can Lewis Hamilton put pressure on Nico Rosberg in the race for the World Championship?
20/10/16·47m 43s

Belgian Grand Prix Preview

Tom Clarkson presents a preview of the Belgian Grand Prix with the 5 live F1 team.
25/08/16·25m 34s

Max Verstappen: Mercedes and Ferrari are great, but I'm happy with Red Bull

Jennie Gow and Jack Nicholls look ahead to the 2016 Formula 1 season, with the latest from pre-season testing. You'll hear from rising star Max Verstappen, who outlines his hopes for the new campaign.
03/03/16·50m 27s
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